Photo provided by Washburn County Tourism Association/ James Netz Photography
Summer is just around the corner and it is the perfect time for silent sport enthusiasts to hit the trails in and around Spooner! From awesome mountain biking and hiking trails to horseback riding trails with plenty of relaxing pavilions and picnic areas along the way, the Spooner area is home to many unforgettable trails that wind through a variety of picturesque landscapes you won't soon forget.
Spooner is well known as a premier ATV/UTV destination, but what you may not be aware of is that it is also home to a couple top-notch mountain biking trails as well. Located only three miles east of Spooner on Hwy. 70 you will find the renowned Wildcat Trail constructed and expertly maintained by local mountain biking enthusiasts. This trail boasts a combination of single track, old logging trails, and portions of the Beaverbrook ATV trail that accommodates for a wide range of riding skills and experiences. Another great choice is College Street Park, located in the city of Spooner itself, which offers six miles of easily accessible multiple loop trails with options for bikers of all skill levels and close enough to downtown to ride and grab a bite to eat afterward or shop at Spooner's many specialty retail stores.
Now is also the time to lace up those hiking boots and check out some of the many trails that meander in and around the Spooner area. Located just outside of Spooner in Trego, Heartwood Resort is a breathtaking 700-acre wilderness paradise. The resort has 16 miles of well-maintained trail loops offering incredible views of two private lakes as well as Wisconsin's Moving National Park the Namekagon River. Want to add an extra level of fun to your expedition? Check out their Namekagon National Championship Disc Golf Course that features a 9-hole par 3 course and 24 holes of scenic tournament level play. Your possibilities for fun here are endless!
Another opportunity to really take in some of the Northwoods beauty lies between Spooner and Stone Lake off Hwy. 70 where you will find the Dugan Run Horse Trails. With just over 32 miles of designated equestrian trail loops winding through gently rolling hills you are sure to fall in love with this serene landscape that presents riders with views of numerous bodies of water and beautiful forest. The two different trail heads also offer a range of accommodations with peaceful pavilions and picnic areas throughout, in addition to campsites being available for only $10-$15 per night.
No matter how you choose to traverse its terrain, Spooner is an absolutely incredible place to explore the many fabulous trails Northwestern Wisconsin has to offer!
Article as published in the May/June 2021 issue of "On Wisconsin Outdoors"